Aloe verdoorniae

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Aloe verdoorniae Reynolds
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
ASPHODELACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Taxonomically Problematic
Assessment Date
2020/01/27
Assessor(s)
H. Mtshali & L. von Staden
Justification
Aloe verdoorniae is a poorly known species with a limited distribution range. If it is a distinct species, it is possibly in danger of extinction, although more recent field data is needed to confirm this. If it is merely a form of the widespread and common A. davyana, it is not likely to be threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Gauteng, Mpumalanga
Range
This species has a limited range, from the eastern outskirts of Pretoria in Gauteng eastwards to Dullstroom and Belfast in Mpumalanga.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Loskop Mountain Bushveld, Steenkampsberg Montane Grassland, Rand Highveld Grassland
Description
It occurs on rocky slopes in grassland and woodland.
Threats
It is threatened by ongoing habitat loss to urban expansion and mining in parts of its range.
Population

This species is poorly known, and there are only a few, widely scattered records. It may be overlooked due to taxonomic confusion. It is likely to be declining around Witbank, Bronkhorstspruit, Cullinan and Dullstroom due to habitat loss to development and urban expansion.


Population trend
Decreasing
Notes
Aloe verdoorniae is difficult to distinguish from the widespread and common A. davyana, and possibly does not warrant recognition as a distinct taxon (Van Wyk and Smith 2014).
Bibliography

Reynolds, G.W. 1969. The Aloes of South Africa. A.A. Balkema, Cape Town.


Van Wyk, B.-E. and Smith, G.F. 2014. Guide to the Aloes of South Africa. (Third ed.). Briza Publications, Pretoria.


Citation
Mtshali, H. & von Staden, L. 2020. Aloe verdoorniae Reynolds. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/10/20

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